“A lot of projects, which were put on hold when the GFC happened, are now starting to be relooked at and we are seeing capital spend from organisations in certain industries that have held off for 12 months, starting to spend again,” he said.
SMB-oriented IT outfit, eNerds, is also keen to add staff and is currently looking for people to work in service desk positions. eNerds director, Jamie Warner, said the integrator planned to significantly boost headcount to align with its 2010 goal of doubling its client base.
“This month, there seemed to be a flurry of companies looking for IT providers and we are definitely taking advantage of that,” he said. Warner has also seen eNerds’ associates making room for new talent.
“The distributors and suppliers we work with seem to be growing from that perspective and are hiring more people,” he said. Despite enduring a turbulent 2009, contact centre technology integrator, Lake Corporation, is also seeing more opportunities in the market.
“We are expecting better times this year and judging on feedback from talking to our existing clients, there appears to be an increased level of confidence,” Lake sales director, Richard Kilkelly, said. “They are now saying they need to invest further in their technology to improve their competitive position in the market.”
On top of recruitment efforts for more sales staff, the company also intends to find extra individuals to cover software development and engineering support. Others on the recruitment road include ASX-listed IT service company, Oakton, which is taking on permanent staff to fill mostly development roles for key projects rolling out this year.
According to Hudson’s jobs report, Queensland IT confidence levels rose the most, increasing 24.6 per cent to 57.9 per cent. IT employer confidence in the state is now at its highest in 18 months. NSW went up by 14.6 per cent to 35.2 per cent, while Victoria recorded 41.7 per cent and South Australia, 41.2 per cent.
Retschoko expected a strong six months in the ICT industry as other sectors, such as utilities and banking, continue to recover and invest back into technology.
The Olivier Jobs Index, meanwhile, found Western Australia fared best out of all states as IT jobs rose by 16.68 per cent. NSW and Victoria recorded falls of 0.68 and 1.71 per cent respectively but Olivier expects the two states to dominate and charge ahead in the coming months.